Ken, with the greatest possible respect
You normally write a great deal of sense on the technical stuff, but here you are somewhat off beam.
Why do you feel you can trust the police?
E.g. The police are legally required to display ID when they are on duty. It's not unreasonable, and it's not difficult.
Next time you see a picture of police on "public order" duty, especially if it's the Met and the TSG/SPG are out looking for a ruckus, see how many of them are displaying the legally required ID.
I could understand if one or two of the dodgier ones were missing it.
But it's not one or two.
Often enough there's no police ID to be seen, anywhere.
Which means it's not just the constables, it's more senior officers colluding too.
If they can't be trusted with the basic simple things like that, what hope is there on anything more difficult?
I won't even go down the Ian Tomlinson/Freddy Patel road, as it leads to places sensible people don't want to go.
Maybe it's just the Met that are like this. I certainly hope so. But if it was just the Met, you'd perhaps hope the Federation might have a few words to say on the subject of dodgy coppering. After all, without the support of the public, the police don't really have a leg to stand on, especially right now when the Millionaires Cabinet is as happy cutting police numbers as they are cutting any other public sector numbers.
But has anyone ever seen any sign of the Fed speaking out? Go on, amaze me. I don't even recall any sign of the police religious associations (eg Christian Police Association), who you might think might be concerned about things like truth, fairness, and justice, not to mention "commandments" such as "do not hurt other people" and "do not lie", having anything much to say about Tomlinson, de Menezes, etc.
I wouldn't want to be a copper at the best of times. But I certainly wouldn't want to be a copper in the UK, now.